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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Marlins calling up Brad Penny to start tonight against the Reds

We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.

Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in majors since 2012 as a member of the Giants, when he put up an ugly 6.11 ERA over 22 relief appearances.


The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Moose Mash Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4767818)
   2. BDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:10 PM (#4767822)
Hence the phrase "keeps turning up like a Brad Penny."
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4767825)
He's only 36?
   4. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM (#4767828)
Primey for #2.
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 09, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4767847)
Are Luis Castillo and Carl Pavano next?
   6. RMc is organizationalwide! Posted: August 09, 2014 at 07:49 PM (#4767849)
Hasn't Brad Penny been dead for, like years?
   7. The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 11:26 PM (#4767895)
Not exactly a dominant outing, but hey, good enough for the win. 95 pitches, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (by Jay Bruce), 2 R, 1 ER
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: August 09, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4767898)

Statistic Description: Wins
Rank Player (yrs, age) Wins Throws
1. Tim Hudson (16, 38) 213 R
2. CC Sabathia (14, 33) 208 L - done?
3. Bartolo Colon (17, 41) 200 R
4. Mark Buehrle (15, 35) 197 L

5. A.J. Burnett (16, 37) 153 R - last year?
6. John Lackey (12, 35) 150 R
7. J Verlander (10, 31) 147 R
8. Bronson Arroyo (15, 37) 145 R - done?
9. Cliff Lee (13, 35) 143 L - out for yr
10. Kyle Lohse (14, 35) 140 R
11. Johan Santana (12, 35) 139 L - done
12. Josh Beckett (14, 34) 138 R - done?
Dan Haren (12, 33) 138 R
14. Jake Peavy (13, 33) 133 R
Randy Wolf (15, 37) 133 L - done
16. Ryan Dempster (16, 37) 132 R - done
17. Jered Weaver (9, 31) 125 R
18. Felix Hernandez (10, 28)
19. Jason Marquis (14, 35) 121 R - done
20. Brad Penny (13, 36) 120 R

   9. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 09, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4767901)
What was he hitting on the gun?
   10. bobm Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4767903)
What was he hitting on the gun?

Orlando Sentinel: Happy return for Penny as Marlins clinch series

Penny wasn’t economical enough with his pitches to get beyond the fifth, but he kept the Marlins in the game. Just one of the two runs he allowed was earned. The unearned run came during a laborious, 27-pitch third that would have been avoided with better defense.

With a man on first and one out, Penny got Jay Bruce to ground a pitch to first. Garrett Jones let it get past him and was charged with the error. Instead of a possible inning-ending 3-6-3 double play, the Reds down 2-1 put runners at the corners.

Todd Frazier tied the game with a single up the middle, but Marcell Ozuna threw out Bruce at the plate trying to score from second. Penny in walking the next two batters he faced threw eight of 11 pitches out of the zone. Skip Schumaker followed and got ahead 2-0 before lining out on Penny’s 27th and final pitch of the inning.

The Reds, who went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position off Penny, squared up plenty of pitches but totaled just four hits. They also drew four walks, just five fewer than Penny issued during his 27 2/3 innings at Triple-A New Orleans.

In terms of stuff, Penny’s fastball sat 90-92 and touched 94 a handful of times. His curve was decent, but he didn’t find the zone enough with his changeup.

“Obviously, my command wasn’t what it normally is,” said Penny, who threw 56.8 percent of 95 pitches for strikes. “Days like that, you have to battle and try to keep the team in the game. It’s only going to get better from here.

“I had a [some] butterflies. I was a little nervous. I was lucky to get out of that with a ‘W.’”

Bruce welcomed back Penny to the major leagues by depositing his ninth pitch deep into the right-field bleachers. Penny fell behind 3-1 and Bruce unloaded on the ensuing 91-mph offering to tie the game. [Emphasis added]

   11. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4767905)
Thanks, Bobm. I guess you can still win with 90-92 in this game.
   12. billyshears Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM (#4767906)
In similar news, I discovered that Adam Loewen is still kicking around the minors. As a pitcher. Again.
   13. JE (Jason) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4767907)
Thanks, Bobm. I guess you can still win with 90-92 in this game.

Heck, Bartolo says you can still win with 87-88.
   14. Greg K Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4767909)
Heck, Bartolo says you can still win with 87-88.

Buehrle peeks his head in at 84-85, though fittingly he is 3 wins behind Colon too.
   15. Swedish Chef Posted: August 10, 2014 at 06:11 AM (#4767931)
Randy Wolf (15, 37) 133 L - done

He'll pop up again.
   16. Tippecanoe Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4767938)
Remember when Penny started the All-star game throwing 99, and struck out Suzuki, Jeter and Ortiz in the first? He'd have made a great closer, I think.
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4768083)
It's been a day, and I'm still laughing at the second comment.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4768087)
19. Jason Marquis (14, 35) 121 R - done

He's still pitching in the minors for the Phillies, it's very likely he'll pitch again in the majors. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013....I think that is indicative that he has every intention of making it back to the majors. (and he's pitching well, although recently went on the DL for an oblique strain or something)

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